“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” attributed to Henry Ford
While many groups are working on speeding up current methods, we are the first group to make use of modern discoveries about what living cells tell us about their own health.
Cancer is a disease of cells behaving badly. To "catch cells in the act" we soak the cells in the proprietary dye AVID44 for 5 to 10 minutes. The brightness of the dye when it is inside a cell is a readout of an electrical property that all cells have called the membrane voltage. Until recently, we believed that cells only had one membrane voltage. The invention of voltage sensitive dyes, such as AVID44, led our CSO to discover that cells actually have patterns of membrane voltage, and the normal patterns are different from the patterns in abnormal cells, such as cancer.
We are also the first group to pair the dye with the non-invasive collecting of cells known as tissue printing. Using tissue printing has no effect on others methods such as histological preparation, making it an inexpensive addition to current procedures and meaning it is simple to "test drive" leading to faster adoption than many new techniques.